Inspiring Solutions

Our mission is to be a catalyst for positive and lasting change leading to healthier environments and communities.

Inspiring Solutions

Inspiring Solutions is a new web feature that mirrors our mission: to be a catalyst for innovative solutions through respectful and impactful dialogue. We do this by bringing together the right people on timely and compelling topics and empowering them to find solutions that change society for the better. Inspiring Solutions is our way of expanding these dialogues outside the walls of Wingspread.

America today is at a crossroads. Our challenges are great. But, these challenges can be met. To do so, we must move beyond the acrimonious debate and partisan rancor that characterizes much of today’s national conversation. That’s where this new feature comes in - think of it as a small oasis in the desert of demagoguery.

Inspiring Solutions is a place where we can discuss difficult issues and tackle tough problems; but always with respect for one another and a resolve to find common ground that leads to real progress.

- Roger C. Dower, President of The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread

Water Security

Ensuring a safe and reliable source of fresh water is fundamental to life. This is increasingly challenging in growing urban areas where intense water demands from residential, commercial, industrial, and energy sectors is the new norm. It poses a similar challenge to the large swaths of the country that are experiencing long-term drought or reaching the limits of their current supply.

From your vantage, and drawing on your expertise and experience, what do you see as one of the major challenges to the future resiliency of our urban water supplies and what corresponding opportunity or approach do you recommend to overcome that challenge?

Diversify and Prosper

Lynn Broaddus
Director, Environment Program
The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread

Ben Franklin said it best: “When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.” But for some reason, we have a hard time planning ahead...  Read More

Thirsty Cities Take Action

Richard G. Luthy
Director, Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt)
Stanford University

This past year was the driest on record for much of the nation.  Read More

Modernizing Federal Water Resource Decision-Making

Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Jay Jensen, Associate Director for Land & Water Ecosystems at the White House Council on Environmental Quality

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Recognizing Water Efficiency’s Value

Mary Ann Dickinson
Alliance for Water Efficiency

Thirty years ago most of us would have laughed at the fact that we might run out of water in the United States...  Read More

Overcoming Us

Albert H. Cho
Vice President, Strategy and Business Development
Xylem Inc

The biggest threat to the future resiliency of urban water supplies is not an external force, such as drought or climate change...  Read More

Breaking with Tradition

Cynthia Lane
Director, Engineering & Technical Services
American Water Works Association

Urban waters – including drinking water, wastewater, reuse and stormwater – are becoming increasingly linked in today’s world.  Read More

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